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A most unusual swayamvaram

On Sunday, a swayamvaram of the kind we have only heard of in ancient India took place at a college hall in Tamil Nadu. The participants were an unusual group of people. S Saraswathi was present......

A 'swayamwaram' for leucoderma-affected people in Trichi

The Leucoderma Awareness Movement, a Chennai-based non-profit, non-government organisation that has been striving to eradicate the stigma attached to this skin condition, is organising a mass......

Jnanpith Awards for ONV Kurup, Akhlaq Shahryar

Eminent Malayalam litterateur O N V Kurup and noted Urdu poet Akhlaq Khan Shahryar have been chosen for the Jnanpith Award for the year 2007 and 2008 respectively for their contribution to......

'She moulded us into good human beings'

Rukmini Devi: Destined to danceKrishnanveni Lakshman was just three years old when her parents moved to Madras. Her initiation into dance began at the age of five. She continued to be associated......

Hope for victimised husbands

My cousin has been falsely implicated in a dowry case," says Vandana, who has just come off a night shift. "He met a girl at a swayamvaram in Chennai, where all participants had to give an......

Nooyi, Narayen among US's 25 Top Gun CEOs

The times have been rather tough for the corporate world with the economic recession hitting all industry sectors. Yet, amidst all the gloom some chief executive officers managed to help their......

Mamata's mantra for the Railways

She is strong, aggressive, determined and fearless. Now, at the helm of one of India's most enterprising ministries, she promises the best service from the Indian Railways. Meet Mamata Baneerjee,......

Investment friendly car for the common man

An owner of a mechanical workshop in Bengaluru has created a small car, which needs less space to park. Narsimha Raju, 48, has created the two-seater car to replace the two wheelers......

Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the Master, is back!

The Master returns after an 8-year absence from the screen. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, inarguably India's greatest film director, returns to the marquee after eight long years. His new film, Pinneyum,......

'The National Award is like winning an Oscar'

The latest updates from the Malayalam film industry. Actor Jayasurya, who got a special mention at the National film awards for his performance in Lukka Chuppi and Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam, is on......

India's finest director on his films

Adoor Gopalakrishnan is arguably India's finest director alive. In this exclusive interview with Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier, the filmmaker -- who turns 72 on July 3 -- looks back at his journey......

'Don't feel special about getting Padma Shri'

Veteran Malayalam actor Madhu, 79, was so passionate about cinema that he resigned his job as a college lecturer to join the National School of Drama. His first break came in 1963 when Ramu......

Special: The A-Z of Malayalam cinema

A look at the Malayalam films which best symobolise the letters of the alphabet! It was a fascinating and nostalgic experience going through the Malayalam films released from the 1940s till......

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